albuterol (salbutamol) solution - inhalation, Proventil, Ventolin
GENERIC NAME: ALBUTEROL (SALBUTAMOL) - ORAL (al-BUE-ter-ol)(sal-BUE-tah-mol)
BRAND NAME(S): Proventil
USES: Albuterol (also known as salbutamol) is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Albuterol belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators. It works in the airways by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually 3 or 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently than prescribed. Adults and children older than 12 years should not take more than 32 milligrams a day. Children aged 6 to12 years should not take more than 24 milligrams a day.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.This medication does not work immediately and should not be used for sudden attacks of breathing trouble. Your doctor may prescribe a quick-relief inhaler for sudden shortness of breath/asthma attacks while you are taking this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.If you use other asthma drugs (including inhaled medications), ask your doctor about how to properly take this medication with your other asthma medicines.If this medication stops working well or your breathing symptoms become worse, seek immediate medical attention.
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